"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mohandas K. Gandhi



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In this video, I talk about the definition of racism I was raised with vs the actual definition of racism. I also discuss the subject of “reverse racism”.

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Hey Kat…

First, thank you for your courageous work, for being out there and making the world smarter. I as a white cis straight male am always grateful for voices who are not arguing from my perspective on issues of gender and race and sexuality and I’m learning a lot.

I would like to say something to my fellow white folks about defining racism and how the first definition – the one you were raised with – is itself an act of racist oppression that white folks like me need to stop defending asap.

This applies to men defining sexism or feminism, cis people defining transphobia or straight people defining homophobia as well. Just generally what happens when the people in power set the terms of what can be labelled oppressive or not.

The first definition you talk about allows white people to slip out of productive conversations about race:
- you say something about white people, they hear reverse racism, conversation over.
- you call a white person out on their racist behavior, they say they “like” colored folks, unfair attack or misreading me, conversation over.
- you point to a racist law or policy, nobody meant for colored people to be hit hardest, it’s just how it turned out, the colored people must have done something wrong, conversation over.
- I’m not racist, but…
…and so on.

As long as “racism” means “disliking people from different race” everybody gets a free pass. I don’t mean it that way, so it was not racist. And if you criticise you are unfairly attacking me, blabla, I’m a nice guy blabla, you are just playing the race card, whawha.

The colloquial use of the term “racism” is like an impenetrable shield against criticism and change because it protects the oppressive systems and behaviors we have by not letting us talk about it.

So, dear white people, definitions are man-made devices to serve a specific purpose in conversations, in education, in politics, in culture, in science… People found something, recognized something as a thing/concept and gave it a name so we can work with that thing together.

And if there are multiple definitions of racism out there, we have to choose the one that let’s us talk about racism in a productive way, not the one that let’s us white people of the hook and shuts people of color up.

Silencing people of color is racist.
Not taking responsibility as a white person for fighting the racial injustices caused and maintained by the white people we pay for, we vote for, we work for and by ourselves – just reaping the benefits of it – is racist.

White people don’t get to define what racism is. The oppressors don’t get to define what oppression is. No matter how educated a white person is, how many books on our shelfs confirm our view, how big we made it professionally, how old and wise we are, we white people SUCK at defining racism, because – as humans do – nobody wants to be evil, so we cover our ass.

Stop covering your ass. If you use a definition of racism – or sexism or homophobia or transphobia – that is not forcing your conscience to change yourself a little everyday, you are doing it wrong. No matter what the elders told you.

the bold is definitely awesome!

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Abbie tells Ichabod to leave her in purgatory, he says hell no and proceeds to rescue her.

Katrina tells Ichabod to leave her with the horseman, he says no but proceeds to leave her anyway.

But Katrina and Ichabod are the true love story?????

good point. something is definitely off in this triangle. words aren’t matching actions. especially the statement by Crane that Katrina is a very powerful witch. i ain’t seen nothing on that level from her.

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Even though John Crawford III was only holding a BB gun he picked up—IN A STORE THAT SELLS BB GUNS.

Even though it was an open carry state.

Even though he was on the phone when police officers opened fire on him.

Even though he was shot in the back.

Even though the cops lied and were caught in a lie because of the subsequent video.

A grand jury who, when added together, obviously didn’t have half a gnat’s brain, declined to indict the officers.

The message here?

It has been, is, and always will be open season on black people for as long as white supremacy is the philosophie du jour.

(H/T Chad Goller-Sojourner)

this is black life in america. there are two different set of laws that apply for whites and blacks. black people can’t expect that open carry applies to them. black people can’t expect that the 2nd Amendment is for them.

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I am in the midst of watching SH now and everybody is not liking the new sheriff. It seems like everybody thinks she is going to mess things up for Icabod and Abbie. I think she is going to do the total opposite. I think she is going to help them along the way. The sheriff…

Yes I’m so looking forward to learning about their family. I’m curious about her dad and her mom. I have a feeling they’ve been fighting demons in Sleepy Hollow long before Corbin started. Reyes seems like she knows a lot more then a lot she’s letting on. Good job Sleepy Hollow casting cause this actress is on point.

i’m suspicious of her. it’s too easy to assume that she will help Abbie and Crane. 




"The Bleep” – Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family’s reputation. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn realize there is more than they originally thought when it comes to Catherine’s case, and Rowan calls on an old friend to do his…

I’m hoping the old friend is Charlie. But who know who Papa Pope hangs with. Maybe it’s Annalise Keating!

Charlie is a good guess. It wouldn’t be Jake or Tom even. And speaking of Tom, I can’t wait for the WH to find out they have a traitor in their midst.

A woman sitting by herself is not waiting for you.

Caitlin Stasey. (via mysharona1987)

for real!! and when i don’t make eye contact with you, i am not being shy. i just feel like being bothered.

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Police pick people out of the crowd, then rush forward. Frightening. 

September 28th

Positively insane. You see students in Hong Kong took notes from Ferguson. What a world we live in.

i can’t tell the difference between the protest in china and the one in ferguson. and we are supposed to be such a great country right????


Detroit water shutoffs continue after judge says poor have no right to water
September 29, 2014

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Monday refused to block the city from shutting off water to delinquent customers for six months, saying there is no right to free water and Detroit can’t afford to lose the revenue.

Rhodes’s order served as a stinging rejection of arguments made by thousands of protesters who staged rallies last summer fighting shutoffs and argued that there is a fundamental right to water service.

"There is no such right or law," Rhodes said.

A six-month ban on water shut-offs would boost the rate of customer defaults and threaten Detroit’s revenue, the judge added.

"The last thing (Detroit) needs is this hit to its revenues," the judge said.

Rhodes issued his ruling after two days of hearings last week and said he lacked the power to issue a water shut-off moratorium. Regardless, a lawyer for 10 residents failed to convince him there was justification for such a drastic step, he said.

Rhodes said residents do not have a right to receive water service “let alone service based on an ability to pay.”

Alice Jennings, an attorney representing the 10 residents fighting water shutoffs, said she was “disappointed but not surprised” by the judge’s ruling. Rhodes, she said, missed the issue of safety and underscored the irreparable harm that comes with the shutoffs.

"We will be looking at an appeal," Jennings said. "We believe there is a right to water and there is a right to affordable water."

The city’s policy of shutting off water to residents in one of the nation’s poorest cities briefly overshadowed the city’s historic bankruptcy case and debt-cutting plan, which hinges on spinning off the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to suburban counties.

The city started a more vigorous shut-off campaign in the spring compared to other years in an effort to get more people to pay their outstanding bills or get on a payment plan. Rhodes on Monday called the efforts a “bold, commendable and necessarily aggressive plan.”

About 24,000 city water accounts have been shut off this year. A month-long moratorium halting shutoffs ended in August and crews are now back to shutting off water to up to 400 accounts a day, DWSD officials said last week.

Residents, civic groups, and “The Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo participated in mass protests in recent months fighting the city’s treatment of delinquent water customers. A pocket of protesters lined West Lafayette Boulevard outside federal court Monday.

Ten residents requested the moratorium, saying it would give the city time to establish a plan to better help those who can’t afford to pay their water bills. Lawyers for Detroit say such an order would encourage further delinquency, cause the department to lose revenues and lead to higher rates.

During closing arguments, Jennings argued the “hodgepodge” of programs designed to aid a limited group of residents facing water shut-offs isn’t good enough for the city plagued by widespread poverty.

Jennings told the judge that a “very brief” stop to shut-offs would give the city more time to craft a cohesive program.

Tom O’Brien, an attorney for the water department, has countered that a 10-point plan to educate and assist low-income residents wasn’t constructed overnight.

"It was developed," he said, and "was intended to be practical."

O’Brien also played up a fund outlined in the plan, and a separate pot of annual aid money called for in a proposed Great Lakes Water Authority.

"That’s significant money, it goes a long way," he said.

Detroit’s bankruptcy trial, meanwhile, resumes Monday, five days after City Council members reclaimed power over city government while agreeing to keep Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr in place for bankruptcy-related duties.

The deal means council will resume control over city departments, contracts and other day-to-day matters. Orr’s official removal will be effective if the city’s debt-cutting bankruptcy plan is confirmed.

Orr is expected to testify soon about the debt-cutting plan.


this is sad. and if the lawsuit were to continue up the judicial latter, the US Supreme Court would agree with this court because they are an activist court getting involved in things that they normally don’t because they are trying to make it harder for POCs, poor people and women in this country.

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white people in the entertainment business are the most oppressed group in society.

white people in the entertainment business are the most oppressed group in society.

white people in the entertainment business are the most oppressed group in society.

white people in the entertainment business are the most oppressed group in society.

LOL!!! man, i can’t with these people!!

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I can cook!

LOL!! he’s very young looking.

He old enough! lol

LOL! Old enough for what?? See where yo mind went? ;-) I was really speaking about him looking young to have child old enough to be on twitter. 



so this just happened. real tweet of Tyson’s.

0_0… Whoa.


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some folks need to be told.

oh. my. word!!! it’s too late to tell her.



"The Bleep” – Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family’s reputation. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn realize there is more than they originally thought when it comes to Catherine’s case, and Rowan calls on an old friend to do his dirty work, on…

Hopefully it will be a new twist on the same old story. Maybe she will say no or tell them to have Abby take care of it.

i hope there is a twist and that it is not as it sounds. i thought olivia was supposed to be different this season from last season. i can’t take anymore of her running round for them.


Outside looking in

Mobile, Alabama - 1956

it’s still like this in 2014 in many aspects. black people are still on the outside looking in…the more things change the more they stay the…

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